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Fist Fight (2017/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: C Film: C

Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and legendary rapper-turned-decent-actor Ice Cube star in the new comedy Fist Fight (2017). Borrowing heavily from the plot of '80s film 3 O'Clock High, the film still manages to conjure up some laughs with its strong supporting cast which includes Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, and Christina Hendricks. Directed by television helmer Richie Keen (The Goldbergs), Fist Fight is a comedy with some crude jokes that take it a step too far at times and may or may not offend its target audience.

On the final day of high school of the school year, the seniors decide to pull some of the most elaborate pranks possible, turning the institution into a playground for bad behavior. Teachers are resigning left and right and the struggle to keep their jobs has become a full out competition. Mild Mannered and slight pushover Andy Campbell (Day) is a teacher with a baby on the way and a wife and daughter to support so he is trying his best to keep it together despite the circumstances. All of that changes when he butts heads with his feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Cube) who challenges him to a fist fight after Campbell tries to place some blame on him to the School Principal. Now, this pushover of a guy must go head-to-head with an experienced and streetwise adversary.

There definitely comes a few points in the film where believability goes out the window completely. There is no way these authority figures would let some of these kids get away with some of these acts, or at least you would hope. What pushed it over finally for me was a scene that involved Charlie Day and his daughter at a school talent competition where she sings a song full of obscenities to an elementary school audience for four minutes, with no parent or teacher pulling the plug on her. Totally unrealistic! Some of the pranks that the kids play are pretty creative and funny, albeit a bit outrageous, but it is a movie after all.

The presentation is strong here with a 1080p high definition transfer and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) English 5.1 track. For a comedy of this kind, Blu-ray is a nice outlet as there isn't anything crazy in terms of production design and the character detail is on point. Also includes is a DVD edition of the film with an anamorphic 1.85:1 aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which is passable.

Also included is a digital UV copy.

Special Features...

15 minutes of Deleted Scenes

A film in Georgia Incentive

Not a complete mess but Fist Fight will either offend or entertain you depending on your tastes. It's a shame they didn't give Christina Hendricks more screen time and a bit more to do here but Day and Cube have good onscreen chemistry and some funny moments.

- James Lockhart



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